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ACELYRIN, INC. Announces Positive Top-line Results from Its Global Phase 2b/3 Clinical Trial of Izokibep in Psoriatic Arthritis

Study met primary endpoint of ACR50 at 16 weeks versus placebo with high statistical significance and is expected to be the first of two registrational trials in psoriatic arthritis

Robust clinical responses achieved for the high hurdles of ACR70, PASI100, as well as composite endpoints ACR50/PASI100 and Minimal Disease Activity

Favorable safety profile consistent with the IL-17A class and previous izokibep experience

LOS ANGELES, March 11, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ACELYRIN, INC. (Nasdaq: SLRN), a late-stage clinical biopharma company focused on accelerating the development and delivery of transformative medicines in immunology, today announced its global Phase 2b/3 clinical trial of izokibep in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) met the primary endpoint of ACR50 at week 16 with high statistical significance. Results from the 160 mg weekly (QW) and every other week (Q2W) arms showed improved magnitude of responses on higher hurdle endpoints such as ACR70, PASI100, and Minimal Disease Activity relative to the Phase 2 80 mg Q2W dose. This is notable given a higher baseline disease burden in the Phase 2b/3 trial population relative to the Phase 2 trial.

Izokibep was well-tolerated with a favorable safety profile consistent with previous experience and the IL-17A class, without evidence of the safety liabilities observed with targeting IL-17A&F. The trial had a low study discontinuation rate of < 3%. Mild-to-moderate injection site reactions (ISRs) were observed with discontinuations due to ISR < 2%. There were two cases of mild candida – one in the placebo arm and one in the 160 mg QW arm – and no cases of suicidal ideation/behavior.

Pre-specified analyses continue to support the potential for differentiation in enthesitis resolution. Consistent high magnitude absolute responses were demonstrated in the Phase 2-comparable population (baseline Leeds Enthesitis Index (LEI) 1 or 2) although enthesitis resolution overall was not statistically significant due to high placebo response. Izokibep achieved clinically meaningful resolution in patients with the highest burden of enthesitis (baseline LEI 3-6) relative to placebo an effect not previously reported by other agents.

Additional information about these results can be found at Further data from this trial will be presented at future scientific meetings.

“These positive Phase 2b/3 data reinforce the potential demonstrated in Phase 2 for izokibep to provide meaningful benefit in treating the debilitating signs and symptoms of active psoriatic arthritis in the joints and skin, as well as enthesitis where the results in the most severe patients are encouraging and warrant further study,” said Philip Mease, MD, MACR, Director of Rheumatology Research at Swedish Medical Center. “We have observed from the Phase 2 46-week data that there is no safety limitation to long-term treatment with izokibep and that longer duration of therapy demonstrated the potential for even further improvements over time.”

“We are excited about our continued progress with izokibep in both PsA and HS,” said Shao-Lee Lin, MD, PhD, Founder and CEO of ACELYRIN. “The positive PsA study results at week 16 and the magnitude of responses give us conviction that 160 mg Q2W delivers higher clinical responses than those reported by the approved IL-17A agents, and responses comparable to those reported by the IL-17A&F agents without the associated safety liabilities. Across indications, we have observed clinically meaningful and potentially differentiated benefit from izokibep. We have consistently seen responses in high order efficacy measures such as ACR70 and PASI100 in PsA and HiSCR100 in HS that move patients toward disease resolution. This reinforces our enthusiasm for developing izokibep as an important potential new medicine for patients.”

About the Phase 2b/3 Psoriatic Arthritis clinical trial
The Phase 2b/3 clinical trial (NCT05623345) is a global, multi center, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled, trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of izokibep dosed subcutaneously 160 mg every week (QW) or every two weeks (Q2W) and 80 mg every four weeks (Q4W) versus placebo. 351 adult patients with active PsA were enrolled across 71 sites in the United States and Europe and randomized across the four arms. Dose sequencing in the 160 mg Q2W and 80 mg Q4W arms was impacted by a third-party programming error. The range of pharmacokinetic data from both the 160 mg QW and Q2W arms in PsA demonstrated comparable exposures to the same dose levels from the Phase 2b HS study.

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About Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic immune-mediated inflammatory disease characterized by multiple manifestations including joint inflammation, skin lesions consistent with psoriasis, and enthesitis (painful inflammation of the small, dense tissues that connect ligament and tendons to bone), all contributing to reduced quality of life. It is estimated that approximately 30% of the 125 million people living with psoriasis worldwide will also develop PsA over time. There remains a large unmet need for more effective therapies to treat PsA across all disease manifestations.

About Izokibep
Izokibep is a small protein therapeutic designed to inhibit IL-17A with high potency through tight binding affinity, the potential for robust tissue penetration due to its small molecular size, about one-tenth the size of a monoclonal antibody, and an albumin binding domain that extends half-life. Clinical trial data supports the hypothesis that these unique characteristics of izokibep may provide clinically meaningful and differentiated benefits for patients, including resolution of key manifestations of disease. Izokibep is being evaluated in multiple late-stage trials in moderate-to-severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and uveitis, with plans to initiate an additional Phase 3 program in axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA).

ACELYRIN, INC. (Nasdaq: SLRN) is a Los Angeles area-based late-stage clinical biopharma company – with additional operations in the San Francisco Bay area – focused on providing patients life-changing new treatment options by identifying, acquiring, and accelerating the development and commercialization of transformative medicines.

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Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements related to the overall advancement of ACELYRIN’s programs and ability to accelerate the development and delivery of transformative medicines; anticipated development activities including the planned initiation of a clinical program in AxSpA; the therapeutic potential of ACELYRIN’s product candidates including its ability to offer clinically meaningful, differentiated benefits for patients that may improve over time, move patients towards disease resolution and limit safety liability versus other treatment and potential treatment options; ACELYRIN’s ability to include the ongoing Phase 2b/3 trial in psoriatic arthritis in any registrational package for such indication, which is subject to remediation and regulatory agency review amongst other factors; and other statements that are not historical fact. These forward-looking statements are based on ACELYRIN’s current plans, objectives and projections, and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause ACELYRIN’s actual results to materially differ from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, those associated with the successful completion of development and regulatory activities with respect to ACELYRIN’s product candidates and other risks and uncertainties affecting ACELYRIN including those described from time to time under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in ACELYRIN’s current and future reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2023. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of this date, and ACELYRIN undertakes no duty to update such information except as required under applicable law.


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